CHICAGO

Woman Who Abandoned Alligator at O'Hare Charged With Animal Cruelty

This combination of  images provided by the Chicago Transit Authority on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 shows a woman with a two-fo
This combination of images provided by the Chicago Transit Authority on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 shows a woman with a two-foot-long alligator aboard a CTA Blue Line train early in the morning of Nov. 1, 2013 in Chicago. Authorities are searching for the woman, who they believe discarded the reptile at O'Hare International Airport. The two-foot-long alligator was later captured hours later after a maintenance worker found it under an escalator in a baggage claim area. (AP Photo/Chicago Transit Authority)

Story by Emily Morris, via DNAinfo Chicago:

CHICAGO — A west suburban woman was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after she took an alligator for a ride on the CTA and left it at O'Hare Airport in November, authorities said.

Alexis Prokopchuk, 29, of Oakbrook Terrace, was also charged with two counts of misdemeanor reckless conduct, police said.

Prokopchuk was arrested on Tuesday in the city, said Officer Janel Sedevic, a police spokeswoman.

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